Ali Baggott

First year University of Victoria Vikes women’s golfer Sukriti Harjai capped off an impressive first appearance at the Canadian University/College Golf Championship with a third-place finish. The Vikes finished third as a team at the four-day event hosted at Firerock Golf Course in Komoko, Ont.


UBC was paced by an even-par performance from Shania Remandaban to win their fourth consecutive women’s team title. Of their four-straight championships, this one was the closest, as their 51-over-par score on the tournament was one stroke better than Laval Rouge et Or.

Harjai shot a 75 in her final round to finish 13-over-par after four rounds, just two strokes back from second-placed Remandaban of UBC. Guelph’s Sarah Dunning took first overall with a 4-under-par score on Day 4 and an overall 10-over-par score. Waterloo’s Elanna Lachaine-DeMarchi was one stroke back of Harjai for fourth. Harjai was named an All-Canadian for her performance.

Vikes fourth year Nicole Gargarella was also impressive as she finished in the tournament’s Top 5. Gargarella was 13-over-par overall after a fourth round score of 79 to finish fifth in the field of 28 competing on the final two days.

Vikes Rhiannon Jones and Quinn Fitzgerald finished 17th and 19th, respectively.

“The women came up a few shots short this week but showed their competitiveness from start to finish,” said Vikes head coach Justin Clews. “Sukriti played steady all day and gave it a good run but fell a bit shirt of the lead finishing third overall.”

“A nice cap to the year for Nicole as well, finishing fifth overall in her last season as a Vike. It was an emotional goodbye to Quinn and Nicole after today’s round as they have finished their Vikes career. They are both great representatives for the Vikes golf program and they will definitely be missed.”

The women’s individual competition also came down to the final hole. As she was walking up to the 18th green, Sarah Dunning of the University of Guelph trailed Remandaban by one stroke. A birdie would have forced a playoff, but Dunning drained a 30-foot eagle to win the division. The eagle capped off a 4-under-par 69 final round for Dunning, the only round in the 60s in the women’s division during the tournament.

Click here for more information on the 2019 Canadian University/College Championship, including full leaderboards and results.

3rd – Victoria (237-229-239-232: 937) +51
3 – Sukriti Harjai (77-75-78-75: 305) +13
5 – Nicole Gargarella (79-76-77-79: 311) +19
17 – Rhiannon Jones (82-78-84-78: 322) +30
19 – Quinn Fitzgerald (81-80-86-83: 330) +38

All-Canadian: Sukriti Harjai

Top-5 Women’s – Team

  1. UBC Thunderbirds, *235-235-227-230-927 +51
  2. Laval Rouge et Or, *234-223-234-237-928 +52
  3. Victoria Vikes, *237-229-239-232-937 +61
  4. Waterloo Warriors, *248-244-241-238-971 +95
  5. Montréal Carabins, *250-243-237-242-972 +96

Top-5 Women’s – Individual

  1. Sarah Dunning, Guelph Gryphons, *80-77-76-69-302 +10
  2. Shania Remandaban, UBC Thunderbirds, *77-77-76-73-303 +11
  3. Sukriti Harjai, Victoria Vikes, *77-75-78-75-305 +13
  4. Elanna Lachaine-DeMarchi, Waterloo Warriors, *78-76-77-75-306 +14
  5. Nicole Gargarella, Victoria Vikes, *79-76-77-79-311 +19